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  1. North Korea

    I know, those British ESL teachers at the British Council in Pyongyang must really be earning their keep - fantastic vocabulary use.
  2. North Korea

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-41356836 Well, at least the insults are at least reasonably creative.
  3. President Trump & the USA

    It's interesting - in terms of the ME and keeping a lid on things there, there have been a few quite notable policy successes - this one among them. Just a shame about pretty much everything else, really.
  4. Technology, Science and the Environment.

    Couple of interesting tidbits for today: http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-41279470 Basically, we kill the big things because we covet them and the small ones because we ignore them. And... https://futurism.com/china-claims-they-have-actually-created-an-em-drive/ Though it's dubious as it's been claimed before, could be exciting stuff from China.
  5. President Trump & the USA

    Leading exporter.
  6. Unpopular Opinions You Hold

    Damn sight better than a hook for three (and counting) shit sequels.
  7. Politics Thread (encompassing Brexit) - 21 June 2017 onwards

    By all means. Tbh I find most of this stuff totally subjective anyway so it should be examined from all angles. (Apart from science/environmental matters. )
  8. Politics Thread (encompassing Brexit) - 21 June 2017 onwards

    I don't deny either of those arguments. It's an obligatory payment and some folks get annoyed at that. My point is that bias is bias regardless of the way a media group is funded and though you can choose not to find ones you think are biased, they get funded anyway - and in the internet age it's reasonably possible to fund a "news" site with little to no voluntary contributions at all (just need ad revenue). So even if you don't fund them, the misinformation gets out there and has an effect on the political process and society in general - whether you choose to pay or not. The market argument doesn't really apply here, not any more, IMO. The Beeb being voluntary paid isn't going to stop other networks spouting rubbish with not a lot of accountability.
  9. Politics Thread (encompassing Brexit) - 21 June 2017 onwards

    Fair enough. AFAIC bias is bias however the broadcaster is funded - BS is not any less misleading and/or potentially damaging just because people voluntarily pay to hear/read/see it - tobacco companies contributing to media articles showed us that one a long time ago.
  10. Politics Thread (encompassing Brexit) - 21 June 2017 onwards

    I sincerely also hope they correct themselves and apologise too..as soon as Fox News, Breitbart and the rest consistently do the same for the things they've reported that have later been proven wrong. Honestly, I think I'm on the same page here regarding media accountability - I just want it to be consistent.
  11. Politics Thread (encompassing Brexit) - 21 June 2017 onwards

    It isn't any different, just as MSNBC et al do the same. I don't think there's a media agency on the planet consistent in its reporting (though the Times comes close IMO). I just find it curious that attention is being drawn to this particular matter and not others of similar type. Or should I just write that off as people being inconsistent?
  12. Politics Thread (encompassing Brexit) - 21 June 2017 onwards

    Pardon the lack of clarity. The implication here that conservatives don't smear in exactly the same way as Farage has been seemingly smeared here, and the hypocrisy displayed when such smearing is ignored...that's what gets to me. I didn't see the same outcry when the Trump affiliated media skewered Hillary (and still do), for example. Of course your meaning may be exactly that (both sides do it), in which case some clarification would be welcomed.
  13. Politics Thread (encompassing Brexit) - 21 June 2017 onwards

    Do tell us more about conservatives and their aversion to smears.
  14. Unpopular Opinions You Hold

    The originally filmed ending of Terminator 2 should have been used in the cinematic release. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iEpjgFZpAt0
  15. Technology, Science and the Environment.

    Increased concentrations of CO2 and gradual increase in global temperature since 1800 are facts not in question. What changes this may bring is very much open for debate however. Though, of course, I'm thinking the "deniers" don't deny that things are changing in that way - they are merely skeptical of both human involvement and the degree of changes such will bring. Perhaps you could use the term "apathy towards the future" rather than "denial" in that way...because I believe that to be true and that apathy is as equally dangerous in this regard as flat-out denial.
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